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Our Online Payment Option is now available! If you have an internet connection and an e-mail address, you can now pay your water bill online. To pay your bill online go to 

Parking tickets can now be paid online by visiting the following link:

Only parking ticket #'s that start with "PV" can be paid through this link. There is an additional fee of $1.98 to pay your parking ticket online.

Berks County Sheriff Brigade meeting
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Wegman's Restaurant (4401 Pottsville Pike, Reading, PA 19605)

There will be a presentation entitled "What Happens to a Person During a Disaster or Crisis Situation?"
Click on the link below to view the brochure explaining this event featuring Dr. Peggy Bown-Hartung, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Alvernia University.

Emergency Preparedness


Saturday, May 21st - Armed Forces Day Parade
Saturday, May 21st - Community Yard Sale
Saturday, May 28th - Pool opens for the weekend
Saturday, June 4th - Pool opens for the season
Monday, June 13th - Summer playground program begins
Monday, July 4th - 4th of July Celebration

Armed Forces Day Parade Parking Restrictions

The following streets will be posted for no parking on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

- 600 and 700 blocks of Penn Avenue
- S 6th Avenue (between Penn Avenue and Franklin)
- Franklin Street (between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue)
- S 5th Avenue (between Franklin Street and Spruce Street)
- Spruce Street (between 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue)

Parade Route

- 8th Avenue and Penn Avenue to S 6th Avenue
- Right on S 6th Avenue to Franklin Street
- Left on Franklin Street to S 4th Avenue 
- Right on S 4th Avenue to Spruce Street
- Right on Spruce Street to Spruce Street parking garage

Borough Residents:
Reading Hospital has agreed to provide parking for Borough residents affected by the parade restrictions during the duration of the parade. Residents will be permitted to park in the 7th Avenue and Spruce Street parking garage. In addition, the owner of the West Reading Shopping Center has agreed to allow residents to park in the shopping center parking lot as well.

If you have any questions pertaining to the parking restrictions please contact Borough Hall.

FYI - This is a rain or shine event.


Recreation Commission

The Recreation Commission has two vacancies if anyone would like to be on the committee.  Please submit a letter of interest to the Recreation Department.  The committee meets once a month to discuss topics related to Recreational events in our community.  This is a volunteer position and some heavy lifting is required.  You must live in the Borough of West Reading to be on the committee.

Submit your letter to:

Borough of West Reading
Attn: Recreation Department
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611

Environmental Advisory Council

The EAC board currently has a vacancy. EAC meets on the 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. of every month to discuss environmental issues. Interested residents should forward a letter of interest to:

Borough of West Reading
Attn: Cathy Hoffman
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611

Special Notice concerning trash/recycling:

The Codes Department will be placing an emphasis on the enforcement of trash/refuse bags that are not in durable, water-tight containers with lids.  Notice of Violation letters will be sent to any property found to be in violation.  If the violation is not corrected a citation will be filed with the District Justice Magistrate.  Due to the public health and safety of the residents, we as for your cooperation with the following.

1.) All refuse MUST be stored in durable, water-tight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons.  It is suggested that you mark your containers with your address.

2.) Four (4) trash cans per residence per pickup are allowed.  Please DO NOT place bulky items out for regular pickup.  These items may only be placed out for pickup on the first Friday of every month.

3.) Please DO NOT place trash/recycling out prior to Noon the day before pickup and promptly remove your receptacle by midnight on the day of pickup.

4,) Trash pickup remains every Tuesday and Friday
Recycling pickup remains every Wednesday.

5.) Yard waste MUST be placed in biodegradable bags for pickup or arrangements need to be made with the Borough Garage for disposal.  Please call 610-374-8605 to schedule and appointment between the hours of
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The garage is located at 1st Avenue and Chestnut Streets.

6.) Electronic items such as microwaves, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will not be picked up by the trash hauler.  These items must be recycled due to hazardous materials.  Please contact Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610-478-6362 or visit their website at for more information.


Attention businesses and residents of West Reading Borough....If you get a phone call from PP&L asking you for money or your electric will be shut off if you do not comply, please contact West Reading Police at 610-373-0111. THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!

Water Quality Report Information

Every year at this time we provide all of our water users with a water quality report for the previous year.  The report contains important information about the source and quality of our drinking water.  This year, instead of mailing a paper copy to each residence in the Borough, we are providing the information on our website which you may access by clicking here.  However if you still wish to have a copy mailed to you, please call the water department at 610-374-8273, option 1 and we will be happy to send one out.

Buttonwood Street Bridge Closure

For information on the detours and the latest news/updates regarding the Buttonwood Street Bridge please click on the link listed below. 


To learn more about the program and to register, click on the CodeRED logo below.

The CodeREDâ„¢ Emergency Notification System is an extremely FAST Communication Service available for mass Emergency Notifications.  CodeREDâ„¢ employs one-of-a-kind Internet maping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines, at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

If you know of anyone who hasn't registered to receive the CodeREDâ„¢ alerts, and they live in West Reading, please encourage them to do so.


Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information from Western Berks Water Authority

In case of a water related emergency and to get up to date information on the water advisory, please go to and click on the "water advisory" link.





Upcoming Event

Planning Commission meeting
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The Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Office: 610-374-8273
Fax: 610-374-8419
E:mail: webmaster
Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.